ELDC, DSC, DTC, what the heck do all these traction control settings mean? When I first got my Mini, I had no clue about the different traction control settings and the manual wasn’t the best resource so I wanted to explain the different settings so it helps other Mini owners out!
The 3 traction control settings:
- DSC – Dynamic Stability Control – This is always on by default. With Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) your MINI will automatically intervene at the slightest hint of instability and help the vehicle stay on a straight path by adjusting the engine power management system and apply brake force where needed. As a result of the mode, once the ECU detects wheel slip the computers control the engine and brakes.
- DTC – Dynamic Traction Control – You can activate DTC by pushing the traction control switch down. A dash warning tells you traction control is activated. DTC provides the best possible driving force on every surface, even slick or sandy ones. As a result of activating this mode, It restores power to the engine sooner than DSC and lets the car slide a bit before correcting its course. This is the option you want for snow, sand and loose gravel. The wheels spin faster and the computer doesn’t control the speed that much. I wish this was the default traction control mode, its fun in this mode.
- ELDC – Electronic Differential Lock Control – Simply put, no traction control at all, the driver is in complete control of the car. EDLC kicks in when needed, to prevent slip and stop wheel-spin during aggressive cornering and acceleration but for the most part, the driver is in control. You activate this mode by pressing the traction control switch down for 3 seconds. The dash will pop up an alert telling you this mode is active.
I run ELDC in the Spring and Summer on dry roads. There is no way in heck I would do that in rain or snow. The car would slide out on any loose surface.
I initiate DTC when it is snowy here in lovely Minnesota. If you are in the unfortunate situation of being stuck, the wheels will spin faster to get you unstuck….. hopefully.